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Monkey pox: Foundation urges NCDC to be proactive

The Envision Global Care Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) has urged the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to be more proactive towards prevention by increasing awareness on the disease at rural communities as well as Internally Displaced person’s camps.

The foundation also called on the Nigerian government to improve the living condition of the nation’s less privileged to prevent similar disease outbreak in the country.

In a press statement issued recently by the Program Director, Envision Global Care Foundation, Diana Eyo-Enotte, called for concerted effort by all institutions involved to ensure the virus is contained.

She also observed that the less privileged group in Nigeria are more vulnerable to disease outbreaks due to their poor living condition, access to good medical care and other environmental hazards.

While commending the effort of the Federal Ministry of Health through the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) for the response so far, she  said Nigeria has reached a stage where vaccines needed for prevention and drugs for treatment of such disease should be readily available and distributed.

According to her“we are happy that the NCDC is coordinating investigation and response across the affected states through active case finding, epidemiological investigation and contact tracing”

“However, we should see it that the swift spread of the virus to seven states in less than a month means that Nigerians are not properly educated about the virus and how it spreads, most of which are due to body contact attributed to environmental and poor living condition of the people”

“At this point Monkey Pox should be declared a serious medical emergency and the government must pay full attention to it by providing both human and financial resources to contain its spread” she added

She explained that Envision believes that the Nigerian government could do better if it truly pays attention to the health needs of the poor by making access to medical care easier, cheaper and better.

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